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Education of children, parents and teachers is key to online safety – Denise Mitchell TD

14 June, 2018 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs Denise Mitchell TD has said that the education of children, parents and teachers is key to keeping children safe online.

Speaking in the Dáil where the Report on Cyber Security for Children and Young Adults was being discussed, Deputy Mitchell said the creation of an Office of the Digital Safety Commissioner must be a top priority:

“We need an office which young people, parents, industry and legislators can rely on to advise on best practice when it comes to digital safety. It should be properly resourced to conduct research, produce statutory codes of practice, oversee take-down procedures and provide and produce educational material.

“We all know that digital technology will continue to play an increasing role in the lives of young people. So we need to be sure that we have the tools in place to educate young people on how to use this technology in a respectful and safe way."

Deputy Mitchell also welcomed recommendations in the Report regarding the inclusion of Cyber Security modules in primary and secondary schools:

“It is my belief that the best way to ensure that young people are safe online is by educating them on how to use the internet in a respectful way, to make sure they are aware of the dangers posed and, crucially, that they are informed about their rights when it comes to personal data and privacy.”

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